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, one of the critical swing states for president obama and mitt romney. both candidates held rallies in the commonwealth today. northern virginia bureau chief julie carey spoke to romney in springfield. but we begin with steve handelsman on capitol hill. >> reporter: this was not only in our backyard, it was something unusual, nearly simultaneous rallies by these presidential candidates in the same state. but they looked so much different. president obama's massive and raucous, the one mitt romney staged just south of the beltway, the one i attended, much more laid back, much smaller. some of the romney supporters said they wanted more passion. ten miles from the pentagon, in springfield, virginia, mitt romney spoke to veterans, blaming president obama for the agreement with republicans to slash defense spending if there's no budget deal by january 1st. >> the idea of cutting our military commitment by $1 trillion over this decade is unthinkable. and devastating. >> reporter: romney's polls in this battleground state looked potentially devastating. he's trailing by 3% to 7%. romney b
obama and mitt romney are gearing up for the first debate. they are going to face off in denver on wednesday night and the stakes are high. a good performance can pump up a party's enthusiasm and per sway undecided voters. >> who will pay attention to this and look for something maybe to make them change their mind for people who aren't completely thrilled about their choice. >> both of the guys have been through an awful lot of debates in their careers, they are both pretty good, they'll both be well prepared. >> the primary focus of this week's debate is domestic policy. >> a new poll from the washington post shows president obama leading among swing state voters. 52% of likely voters in battleground states say they would vote for the president if the election were today. 41% say they woo pick mr. romney. those numbers are similar from the washington post polls, in florida, ohio and virginia. >> developing overseas tonight, a grim milestone in the war in afghanistan. the death toll for u.s. troops has now reached 2,000. the most recent deaths came this weekend. two americans k
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